A while back we showed some pictures of our son’s bedroom makeover on our Facebook page, but if you missed them, here is a quick photo collage:
As you can see, the plaster walls were covered in a lovely pink and blue 80’s wallpaper, flanked by a lovely Canadiana hockey border above. I’d just like to take a minute, pause, reflect…and wonder who thought that this combo made a winning team. Huh. Stumped, actually…. But we removed the wallpaper and filled the holes, and began the process of painting the walls.
We chose Behr Ultra Pure White as the basis for the walls and used the same shade but in a gloss for the trim. We ended up using Behr Marquee paint in Black on the lower portion of the walls for a modern look, but not too modern; we wanted to balance out the room and make sure it was one our son could grow into. So no baby blues, no cutesy decor – just simple opposites to create a space he REALLY loves.
Ok, so now for the close-ups :)
Here is his bunk bed- its actually an older version of a nasty blue IKEA bunk-bed that we spray-painted years ago. The paint is starting to wear on the steps going up to the bed, but it looks really awesome and well-loved. Underneath the bed is his “Bat Cave”, an area where he chills with friends, reads book or plays with his sister. (The striped blanket, puppy, bedsheets, rug and pillows are from IKEA, the Star Wars chair is from Pottery Barn, the BatMan Cape is from ToysRUs).
A close-up of the BatCave:
The hanging pendant light is from Solutions. The kids love it and so do we – it runs on a battery and is turned on and off by simply tugging on the light itself (which always stays cool!) This light would also be a great option for those who have dark closet spaces. So of course I had to share that tip!
His dresser, night-light and alphabet poster are from IKEA and they fit perfectly into the space. I love seeing the black paint pop up from behind – to quote Cher from “Clueless” – they just “mesh”.
I love this little toy storage space in his room. When you walk in, its hidden from the bed, reducing that cluttered look. And speaking of clutter, you won’t find any here, because all of his favourite toys are tossed into these awesome black bins (super soft and durable by the way). Guess what? It is also from IKEA. I should probably invest in their stock…
The cutest star lights (from an IKEA Christmas event YEARS ago) drape over his window and he uses that primarily as his night light. It is on day and night (thanks, LED!) and gives his room a whimsical feel. He made his own dreamcatcher this summer. Be gone evil nightmares!!! The Eames Eiffel chair adds a modern touch to his room and his stuffed toys don’t seem to mind it one bit.
Of course, this makeover would not be complete without this light. The bedrooms in this house didn’t have lights in them. We had an electrician come in and drill holes into the ceilings so we could hook up lights in the kids’ rooms. Our electrician, bless him, vowed to never work in a century home again. The lathe and plaster ceilings were a pain to work with, but the end result is amazing and a necessity for the kids. This light is from IKEA. Doesn’t it scream Death Star to you?!
So there you have it – the room makeover! I’ll end this blog post by showing this picture of his closet. I found the sweetest hand-crafted wooden sign in a local town earlier this year and it helps to complete the look.
I am particularly fond of what it says:
And that’s a wrap! Hope you enjoy the makeover as much as we do. It’s amazing what some IKEA and paint can do :)